Productive...on the wrong things.
I've learned a lot of new phrases on this site-time binging, demand resistance, etc. But is there a name for when you are being very, very productive on a task in order to subconsciously (or consicously) neglect another?
I recently moved away to law school and got my first apartment. For awhile I mainained a good balance of cleaning, studying, and exercising. But lately I've been slipping. I tend to let dishes and laundry pile up until the weekend. Then, in a blaze of glory, I get all of these tasks done Saturday and half the day Sunday. By the end I have a spotless apartment and scramble to start my schoolwork on a Sunday. While I'm working I feel proud of myself for getting things done (not that I shouldn't, I have to clean!) but it's often at the expense of work that is actually due or will make a difference in my grade.
I think that I time binge on things like cleaning in order to avoid more urgent tasks like studying. And I'll study in order to avoid more urgent tasks like writing a memo. I'll get all of my reading done for the week but I have to scramble to finish a writing assignment. So for me, procrastination isn't always about avoiding [i]any[/i] work. It's about avoiding whatever is least pleasant at the moment. But I don't know how to describe this correctly or if there's a term for it, and I'm not sure how to stop this specific pattern of behavior. If I laid out what I did all day for someone else, they'd say "Wow, you were really productive!" If they don't realize what I should have gotten done instead, or if they don't realize that I'm just creating extra work for myself in the long run.